Metroidvania

Description

Metroidvania is a portmanteau of Metroid and Castlevania and refers to games that feature the most distinctive gameplay concept of the Metroid games and later Castlevania games. Games of this genre feature a freely explorable world that is gated in content by specific abilities that need to be acquired by the player. Generally these game have a central hub from which the player can move to various interconnected levels which gradually unlock as the player acquires new skills. A large number of Metroidvania games use a side scrolling perspective like the games the name derives from but this is not a requirement. Top-down or bird's-eye view (e.g. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past) or 3D games (e.g. Batman: Arkham Asylum) can also share these concepts. Metroidvania games usually feature mild RPG elements such as upgradable health.
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Metroid Prime GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002) and Wii (2009)

Long ago, a bird-like race of creatures (called the Chozo) became extremely advanced technologically, but due to increasing violence in...

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2004) and Wii (2009)

A long time ago a race of beings called the Luminoth settled the planet Aether. They built energy controllers to...

Metroid: Zero Mission Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004) and Wii U (2014)

Pirates have stolen an unknown life-form, recently discovered on the planet SR388. The life-form, called Metroid, is in a state...

Mighty Gunvolt: Burst Nintendo Switch Front Cover

Nintendo Switch (2017)

Milon's Secret Castle Game Boy Front Cover Re-release

Game Boy (1993), NES (1986), Wii (2007) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Milon, a child of the Kingdom of Hudson, must go on a quest to rescue Queen Eliza from an evil...

Mini Ghost Windows Front Cover

Windows (2017)

Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight Windows Front Cover
Monster Tale Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2011)

Young girl, Ellie, finds a strange, glowing bracelet in the woods, and upon touching it is transported to a magical...

Monster World IV Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994), PlayStation 3 (2012) and Wii (2008)

Monster World IV is a sequel to Wonder Boy 5: Monster World 3. The player controls Asha, the green-haired girlfriend...

Montezuma's Revenge Apple II Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), SEGA Master System (1989), Commodore 64 (1984), ColecoVision (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 5200 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

You play as a treasure hunter named Panama Joe, whose goal is to find an ancient treasure hidden by Aztec...

Atari 2600 (1984)

This game is a port of Montezuma's Revenge. It does not change the gameplay, but there are only 23 rooms...

Ōkami PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006), PlayStation 3 (2012) and Wii (2008)

From Capcom's Clover studios, the team behind Viewtiful Joe 2, comes a 3-D cell shaded action adventure in the world...

Ori and the Blind Forest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015) and Xbox One (2015)

Ori and the Blind Forest is a 2D platform exploration game set in a large world. The protagonist is a...

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2016), Windows Apps (2016) and Xbox One (2016)

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is the definitive edition of Ori and the Blind Forest.Improvement and new content...

Outland Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2011), Macintosh (2014) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Outland is a 2D platformer that combines mechanics from different games and genres, with fast and agile movement, a large...

Owlboy Linux Front Cover

Linux (2017), Windows (2016) and Macintosh (2017)

Owlboy is described a 'hi-bit' game, a title with 16-bit-style visuals where you can fly and explore a world in...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

As the rap-style manual explains, this traditional platform game sees Panama Joe attempting to collect treasure from Montezuma's Palace, by...

Paper Mario: Sticker Star Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

After the unconventional side-scrolling and 2D platforming that was Super Paper Mario, the Paper Mario series returns to its roots...

Phantom 2040 SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995), Genesis (1995) and Game Gear (1995)

The cartoon mini-series: Phantom 2040, right here. It is the aforementioned year, 2040, and the city of Metropia is in...

Phoenix Spirit iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

The Monter Tree is ill, and only one flying squirrel can save it. Throughout the game you explore a large...

Pitfall II: Lost Caverns PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1984), ColecoVision (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 5200 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1984), TRS-80 CoCo (1985), SG-1000 (1985) and Arcade (1985)

You play Pitfall Harry searching for the Raj diamond, his niece Rhonda, and a variety of treasures somewhere in the...

Pitfall: The Lost Expedition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and GameCube (2004)

You play as Pitfall Harry, intrepid adventurer on a mission to rescue an archaeological expedition that has gotten lost in...

Windows (2012)

You're just walking along, seein' how your 12-gauge looks in t'moonlight, like, when Gamey accuses you of poachin'! Then, to...

Porradaria 2: Pagode of the Night Linux Front Cover

Linux (2016) and Windows (2015)

Porradaria 2: Pagode of the Night is the follow-up to Porradaria Upgrade. Unlike the previous game it has more of...

Powerslave DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), PlayStation (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

In this First person shooter, you're an armed forces specialist sent to investigate strange happenings at the ancient Egyptian city...

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